White Wagtail

Other Names: pied wagtail

Distribution: Resident in Europe, Central and East Asia, the Middle East, and parts of North Africa; small population present in Alaska. Breeds in sub-saharan Africa.

Description:

Size: average 15-19 cm in length (up to 21 cm in East Asian populations) with a wingspan of 25 cm.

Plumage: Gray back and white underside with a white face, black cap and throat, and black and white banded wings. A black-backed subtype exists in the British Isles. The throat feathers change to white in the winter moult.

Eyes are black with white eyelids. The Kamchatka subspecies has a black eyestripe.

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White Wagtail

White Wagtail

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alaska
arizona
british columbia
california
florida
labrador
louisiana
michigan
new foundland
new mexico
north carolina
oregon
quebec
saskatchewan
south carolina
washington
wyoming
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Grasslands
Color
gray
white
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
wagtails, longclaws and pipits - motacillidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species